• The official poverty rate is 11.8 percent; an estimated 38.1 million people were living in poverty last year.
  • The child poverty rate dropped to 16.2 percent; over 11.8 million children were living in poverty in 2018. That’s almost 1 in every 6 children.
  • According to the 2018 US Census Data, the highest poverty rate by race is found among Native Americans (25.4%), with Blacks (20.8%) having the second highest poverty rate, and Hispanics (of any race) having the third highest poverty rate (17.6%). Whites had a poverty rate of 10.1%, while Asians had a poverty rate at 10.1%.
  • The number of Americans without health insurance increased for the first time in ten years from 25.6 million in 2017 to 27.5 million in 2018.
  • Whats worse, 5.3% of the population – or 17.3 million people – live in deep poverty, with incomes below 50% of their poverty thresholds.
  • And 29.9% of the population – or 93.6 million – live close to poverty, with incomes less than two times that of their poverty thresholds. To learn more about poverty thresholds and what it is like to live at the poverty line, take a look at the statistics.

Source: https://www.povertyusa.org/facts

Over 120 Years Combined Experience

Daniel Todd – Founder

Daniel Todd grew up in Atlanta, GA and saw what poverty can do to people first hand. His goal in establishing Urban Flight Club is to help others become inspired and have hope to live a better life through aviation.

Daniel is a pilot, medic, volunteer and small business owner.

James Layton

James Layton’s love for flying started at a young age by standing behind the chain linked fence at the airport watching jet airliners land. From that point on he knew he wanted to fly for a living.

James always asked his parents for flying lessons but it was never in the budget. After graduating high school, James worked full time and saved money for flight school. In 2016 he enrolled at Utah Valley University and started his flight training. James now has a bachelors degree in aviation science with a concentration in professional pilot. He holds both a commercial pilot certificate and flight instructor certificates. James has over 800 hours of experience in flight training. In the spring of 2020, James will be joining Skywest Airlines as a First Officer on the Embrear E175.

Joy Appelbaum

Joy Appelbaum became interested in flying while working at Delta Air Lines as a gate agent. She switched her major at UVU to Aviation Science and began flying the summer of 2017, then received her flight instructor certificate April of 2019. Joy’s dream job is to end up back at Delta Air Lines as a pilot.

700 flight hours total flight hours, 400 hours of dual given. 11 check ride sign-offs with a 90% first time pass rate.

Larry Shumway

Larry was the State of Utah School Superintendent from 2009 – 2016. He earned his PhD in education from the University of Las Vegas. He loves teaching new pilots one-on-one and understands the need of a community to find better outlets for kids.